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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'my way or the  highway'   to:  'wheels fall off'

  • my way or the highway
    • It you say to someone 'it's my way or the highway', you are telling that person that either they accept what you propose or they leave the project.
      "You don't have much choice when someone says 'it's my way or the highway'."

  • on the home stretch
    • To say that you are on the home stretch means that you are approaching the end of something such as a task, a race or a journey.
      "Don't give up - we're on the home stretch now."

  • itchy feet
    • A person who has itchy feet is someone who finds it difficult to stay in one place and likes to travel and discover new places.
      "Andrew's got itchy feet again. He says he's going to teach in China for a few years."

  • jump the lights
    • If you continue driving when the traffic lights turn red, you jump the lights.
      "It's very dangerous to jump the lights. No wonder he was stopped by the police."

  • fall off the back of a lorry
    • Goods that have fallen off the back of a lorry are stolen goods.
      "Judging by the selling price of that camera, it must have fallen off the back of a lorry!"

  • make your way to (somewhere)
    • If you make your way to a destination, you manage to get there without difficulty.
      "Don't worry. I'll make my way to your home from the station."

  • (put the) pedal to the metal
    • When you put the pedal to the metal, you accelerate or make something go faster.
      "If I put the pedal to the metal I might get there on time."

  • any port in a storm
    • When you are in difficulty, any port in a storm refers to a solution you accept which in normal circumstances you would find unacceptable.
      "The hotel was substandard, but it was a case of any port in a storm; all the others were full."

  • take someone for a ride
    • To take someone for a ride means to cheat or deceive them.
      "I discovered he had charged me double the normal fee. He really took me for a ride!"

  • road rage
    • Aggressive driving habits sometimes resulting in violence against other drivers is called road rage.
      "A number of accidents today are a direct result of road rage."

  • middle of the road (MOR)
    • The term middle of the road refers to anything moderate, unadventurous or inoffensive that avoids extremes and appeals to the majority of people.
      "He's a successful middle-of-the-road entertainer. My mother wouldn't miss a show!"

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